What is the ideal home interior design? To many, an ideal home interior is one that not only exudes a sense of comfort and style but is also functional and easy to maintain, to boot. To others, functionality is paramount above all else, and thus only a small amount of attention is given to aesthetic value. Personal preferences vary after all, and most homeowner preferences tend to be fairly unique.
Home interior styles tend to vary widely these days, especially with the New Year coming in with its own set of new and enticing ideas. Long-time owners of luxury real estate in Las Vegas can take this opportunity to spice up their interior decorations with a different take on the design. Perhaps taking inspiration from how celebrities do it can help?
Life of the Party
Most people equate the living room as one of the comfiest places to stay in when at home. To most homeowners, the living room is where they position their lounge chairs, recliners, or other comfortable furniture to have a relaxing time with family or friends. Apart from the bedroom, the living room is probably the best place in the house to reduce stress and take a load off from the usual trappings of work and daily worries.
However, some homeowners might be interested in turning the living room into less of a comfortable hideaway and more of a lively party-starter. Take noted socialite and reality television star Kortney Kardashian for example. Her idea of livening up her living room? Less comfort and more life: this subtle-looking setup may not be ideal for lazy afternoon book readings, but it’s the perfect spot for an early evening chat-and-chow with friends. The neutral and earth-like tones contrast very well with the natural lighting, and while the furniture layout may not be the type that depicts comfortability it still provides practicality and functionality for a family with three active children. This kind of living room setup might give ideas for people who prefer their living rooms to be vibrant and filled with activity.
Rough and Tumble
If there was a stereotype for the corporate-style homeowner, it would be this: neatly-filed fixtures, drab interior colors, and an overall polished feel, perhaps a little too polished. People tend to expect businessmen, studio bosses or diplomats to be always organized and impersonal, even in the privacy of their own home. This usually comes with the reputation; after all, higher-ups in business have to keep up a professional image.
Of course, if the savvy homeowner wants to loosen up a bit at home, there are many crafty ways to do it. Take noted fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg for example. Her personal library, which she uses to gain inspiration for her gorgeous works, is filled with vibrant colors and intricate pieces from various locations that she has visited over her long career. Her personal office uses a large wooden slab as its centerpiece; this acts as her office table, where she puts her inspirations unto paper. The varying amounts of unique trinkets paired with the odds-and-ends-style interior setup might suit people who prefer to have a change of pace for their home offices.
Sleeping like a Star
The bedroom was, is, and always will be the room of last resort for any homeowner. It is the main sanctuary of privacy, the most intimate segment of the house, and the only other space in the property where people let loose and be themselves. People take great pains to make sure that their bedrooms are spruced up with the best that they can come up and add to it, but some end up with generic settings that tend to take out the life in these rooms.
When it comes to sprucing up the bedroom, these celebrities tend to take it all the way. Hilary Swank’s bed spot combines vintage with silk, a contrast to Keri Russell’s space which combines IKEA fixtures with antiques purchases and custom-made designs. Sarah Jessica Parker’s bright white setup is a perfect inspiration for traditionalists, while Candace Bushnell’s unit goes muted in its color palette, a good point of reference for those looking to change up their appearances further.
There are so many neat and inspiring ideas out there when it comes to shaking up the interiors of a luxury home. Famous personalities and stars are just one starting point; there are many other great points of references to discover and learn from. May this 2017 be a good year for sprucing up the home!
Las Vegas has always been known as the Entertainment Capital of the World and Sin City because of its bustling casinos, entertainment hotspots, and lively nightlife. People the world over, and from all walks of life converge in this city to spend some time away from the trappings of work and school and enjoy the sights and sounds. Suffice to say that Las Vegas is one of the liveliest cities anywhere, with no lack of new faces to see in town and almost no night passing by when nothing exciting is happening.
There is probably another reason why people can call Las Vegas as the Entertainment Capital of the World. To many famous celebrities, the city is a place they call home. Big names in various disciplines and industries have settled down at one point or another in the various luxury homes of Las Vegas. These aren’t just the occasional hotel-staying regular acts either; many of these famous faces have invested in their exclusive properties, enough to make these homes unique attractions on their own. Here are a few of the famous celebrity residences in the city.
Not a lot of people may have heard of Antonio Morelli, but to many long-time residents of the city, he was as charming a celebrity as Sinatra or Copperfield. Morelli led the orchestra at the historic Sands Hotel and Casino’s Copa Room during the Rat Pack years, providing accompaniment to the famous singing supergroup, as well as other notable performers of the time. Aside from his success as a band leader, Morelli would frequently provide support to local charities alongside his wife Helen, earning him a reputation as a philanthropist as well. He helped found many local support groups and goodwill associations in the city, aided in many social service projects, and even donated his home for cultural preservation. Today, the Morelli House stands as an iconic symbol of the mid-Century Modern style that prevailed in Las Vegas during Morelli’s heyday. Originally located along Country Club Drive during the 60s and 70s, it has since been moved to East Bridger Avenue by a local charity after its original plot was bought by Wynn Las Vegas. The home retains many of its original fittings and furnishings, and even its original colors are preserved. It is a great spot to visit for fans of the classic architecture styles that prevailed during the 1960s.
Howard Hughes’ Penthouse… and Personal Hotel
If there is one person that can be said to have changed the face of Las Vegas, Howard Hughes is definitely on the shortlist. The eccentric businessman, film tycoon and aviation pioneer invested a lot of his money in Nevada’s real estate market, going so far as to buy a large tract of land where he planned to build a new business empire. The bought land was developed by Hughes’ executors after his death in 1976, eventually transforming the once arid location into sunny and lively Summerlin. Hughes attained a notoriety for being one of The Strip’s most reclusive residences, going so far as to purchase the entirety of the Desert Inn Hotel and Casino after going beyond his original ten-day stay-in period. For years he negotiated sales and purchases of other residential and entertainment spots throughout the Valley, never leaving his room and rarely even accepting friends and relatives into it. After his death, the Desert Inn would remain active, passing on from his company to several others who conducted massive renovations on the establishment, before finally being demolished in the early 2000s to make room for The Wynn. The loss of the Desert Inn can be said as a final farewell to the turbulent last years of Hughes, who grew extremely paranoid and distrustful of people around him.
Liberace is known worldwide for his grandiose performances and equally extravagant lifestyle. His flashy costumes and eye-catching pieces aren’t the only things that exemplify how he lived his life to the fullest, however. When the famed pianist and all-around entertainer commissioned the construction of his new Las Vegas home, he pulled no stops. The massive estate is adorned with classical architectural designs, high-end fixtures, glass chandeliers, mirror-filled halls, an extravagant bath, religious items, and a mural based on the Sistine Chapel’s very own ceiling right in his bedroom. The man was a devout Catholic all his life, and it is reflected in his property. The home has thankfully been revived to its former glory thanks to a British businessman who currently owns the home.
Teller’s Trick House
Former Latin Teacher and iconic illusionist Teller may not be much of a talker during his performances with long-time partner Penn Jillette, but his fame and following pretty much speaks for him. They’ve been a regular act at the Rio for nearly two decades, gaining their own special theater where they host their shows. Both performers chose to live out around Las Vegas, with Penn cozying it up with his family in a colorful estate outside town while Teller commissioned this unique-looking unit up on the hills overlooking the city. Aside from the unusual construction, Teller’s home is filled with many features that are more reminiscent of a carnival attraction than a home: hidden doors, trick rooms, maze-like mirrors, screaming skulls and more. It is a trickster’s home, and is definitely one of the unique residences that stand out among the many exclusive homes in Las Vegas.
Frank ‘Lefty’ Rosenthal’s Bulletproof Estate
Professional sports bettor, long-time casino executive and all-around notorious figure Frank Rosenthal made a name for himself as both a businessman partnered with many ventures all across the city and a high-end criminal personality with ties to infamous organized crime groups. He dabbled in the lifestyle of the rich and famous, being a regular at many of the casinos that he co-owned. When he was not out doing business or enjoying himself at the various Vegas entertainment hotspots, he would spend his time in his personal Vegas Valley Drive property. Don’t let the fancy finish and lavish furnishings fool you; this home is less of a mansion and more of a fortress. The walls, mirrors and doors were bulletproofed to prevent assassinations; rooms were soundproofed to deter against eavesdroppers; secret gun stashes were installed for easier access. Aesthetically pleasing yet deceptively well-protected, Rosenthal’s luxury residential legacy remains to be one of the better-preserved homes in Las Vegas. Its various owners have taken pains to maintain its unique features.
The Entertainment Capital of the World has always been a melting pot for larger-than-life personalities, both iconic and infamous. However, their personas aren’t the only things to look out for in this city. Their homes, whether former or current, tell a great story behind the public faces that people see every day. Now may be a good time to check out these iconic Las Vegas homes!
The New Year has finally arrived! Everybody’s been looking forward to starting fresh this 2017; a new year brings in new opportunities, after all. There are people who are planning to work up on their newly-revised resolutions list, hoping to actually do everything they aim to do for the year. Others are perhaps looking to shake things up by learning new skills, trying out new foods, or getting to know new people. Still others are thinking about making a change to their surroundings and looking into moving to a new home.
As always, Las Vegas has a huge selection of wonderful home options for the New Year mover. The luxury properties of Las Vegas still come in a wide variety of styles and designs to appeal to a wide variety of prospective buyers. Have a look at some of the latest featured properties and real estate options making waves in the Las Vegas property market this early in the year.
12 CAMINO BARCELONA PL Henderson, Nevada
Nothing says ‘starting anew’ like a fresh start from the ground up. This spacious residential lot is located in one of Henderson’s finest community locations in Henderson’s SouthShore golf neighborhood. It has an excellent view of the surrounding hills thanks to being on an elevated ridgeline. There is ample natural vegetation in the area if the prospective owner decides to keep it natural, although they can always opt for some redevelopment if they want. There is enough elbow room for a good startup single-family property with ample backyard space, although there might not be that much area for those who wish to build a bigger property. With a starting price of $290,000, this open lot is the perfect first purchase to start the year right.
1357 RIVER SPEY AV Henderson, Nevada
Nothing says cozy living like this fancy-looking MacDonald Highlands multi-level residence. The standout earth-colored exterior that accentuates the well-patched desert landscaping gives way to a unique hideaway both inside and hidden behind the front lawn. Neutral colors mix well with unique interior fixtures, adding to the relaxing atmosphere. Out back, homeowners are welcomed into a completely different land; the backyard sports a tropical-inspired theme with palms and lots of other greenery surrounding the pool-and-Jacuzzi combination. Spending a lazy afternoon at the poolside while getting a tan is like paradise in a desert. That, on top of other creature comforts like five spacious beds, central heating, plenty of living spaces and lots of elbow room for personal effects makes the $1,029,000 price range well worth it.
57 FEATHER SOUND DR Henderson, Nevada
Anthem is one of the most-sought after neighborhoods in the Valley today, and this particular luxury estate exemplifies that trend. Prospective buyers looking to invest into this community can expect some of the finest combination of comfort and elegance wrapped into one spacious package. Visitors making their way inside from the interior courtyard are greeted by wooden tile floors, ample natural lighting from multiple windows, all the latest in residential fixtures, and more. Living space is enough for a growing family, with extra spots for guests. The excellent view of the whole neighborhood and the nearby country club from the observation spot on the second floor is a welcome bonus. That is a lot of top-class amenities for a $615,000 price tag.
30 STRADA DI VILLAGG 150 Henderson, Nevada
Looking to start 2017 on a high note? Now would be a good time to move up into a fancy condominium unit, like this particular Henderson abode. This high-end living residence offers individual residential units with a three-beds-and-three-bath layout, a good starting point for a young professional or a young family. Modern conveniences are provided by the newest appliances and accessories that come with the home, from fancy kitchen equipment to excellent lighting setups. Typical high-rise facilities like laundry service rooms and exercise centers are also available. As an added bonus, those living in units with terraces can avail of the picturesque mountain and lakes views nearby. Prices start at $425,000.
7 VINTAGE CANYON ST Las Vegas, Nevada
Southern Highlands always has something new to offer when it comes to luxury residences. This particular residence, however, is not that recent. First built in 2005, this home on 7 Vintage Canyon Street received a slight refit after going back up on the market. The classical Mediterrenean-like exteriors, accented by the surrounding trees and shrubs growing off of the walls, gives this home an otherworldly appearance that stands out from the desert backdrop surrounding it. Stepping into the interior is like travelling to another part of the world, with its dazzling combination of comfortable furniture spots, stone-and-marble fixtures and unique attachments and accessories. Easy access to the front and back yards through one of the family rooms allows for more movement. A large number of beds and baths provide plenty of living space for the family. The unique European-inspired experience comes at around $2,650,000.
The year has only begun, and with it comes many new opportunities and chances to take advantage of. Now may be a good time to look into getting a new home to move into or invest in for the long term. Come and take a look at what other luxury properties Las Vegas has to offer this 2017.
Christmas is just around the corner, and the people here in Las Vegas are gearing up for it. People are fixing up their Las Vegas luxury homes with tinsels and lanterns, local businesses are putting up displays and products fit for the season, and the streets are being adorned with Christmas lights and other decorations. The weather’s also spicing up the mood, with a bit of a chillier wind adding to the Yuletide atmosphere.
Vacationers have always considered Las Vegas as a prime destination for the holidays, even though the city doesn’t give off a ‘family-friendly vacation’ vibe. Actually, the local hotels and entertainment establishments have made a more serious effort to become more appealing to families on vacation for Christmas. Here are a few holiday ideas and spots to think of if the family is planning a Yuletide hideaway in the city.
Winter Fun in the Desert
If there is one thing a person visiting Las Vegas for the holidays is not expecting to see, it’s definitely snow. Outsiders may be surprised to find that it does snow in town, although it’s only a very small amount, it doesn’t happen regularly, and it melts on the same day it falls. Enjoying a White Christmas isn’t something a vacationing family would expect to experience here. Even so, vacationers and locals can still have some winter-style fun courtesy of various winter-oriented amusement spots.
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas offers a spacious outdoor ice rink where people can enjoy an hour or two gliding with grace, or at least having fun sharing awkward tumbles and slips with friends and family. They even offer snow showers provided by an in-house snow machine and warm winter cocktails. For the more adventurous types, there’s also the snow drifts and slopes of Lee Canyon, which offer both basic and advanced courses for skiers and snow boarders. Just remember to pack light on the winter gear; even in the higher altitudes of Lee Canyon, temperatures can still reach the high 70s, especially at midday.
A Unique Take on Christmas Carols
The season isn’t really complete without the classical tunes to add to the atmosphere. A bit of ‘Silver Bells’ in this store or some segments of ‘Frosty the Snowman’ in that hotel can be enough to remind the world-weary traveler that the season is nigh for presents and quiet Christmas dinners. Of course, since it’s in Las Vegas, there will definitely be a change of pace from the usual style of caroling and Christmas music.
Everybody’s heard of the Bellagio’s famous dancing fountains; their unique waterworks display dances and sways to the beat of the music, with an additional light show to liven up the scenery. While they usually play current pop hits or classical tunes, when the Yuletide season rolls along, things get a major facelift. If one is planning to stay up in town, don’t forget to put a visit to the Bellagio’s fountains and enjoy the holiday-only-lights-sounds-and-water-show with a close friend or a significant other.
Experience the Streets
Fremont Street Experience has become one of the more iconic spots in downtown Las Vegas in recent years. Aside from the usual tourist traps of glitzy stores and unique restaurants, the pedestrian shopping center is also the only place in Las Vegas where casinos turn down their outdoor lights, even for a short moment, as the regular lights and sounds show goes into full swing on the barrel canopy. It’s a great experience to have, especially when one already has experienced the fountain light show at the Bellagio.
The pretty visuals and buyers’ delights aren’t just the only attraction in this dainty little street. There are always free shows on any of the two stages in the area, providing a treat to various music lovers. Whether it is pop rock, acoustic, jazz or any other genre in between, there is sure to be a performance to love here. Vacationers planning to stay over for the New Year’s celebrations can also hang out with the street revelers in the FSE, where most of the city will be enjoying the festivities when the clock strikes twelve.
There’s always something new to experience in Las Vegas. Even the familiar spots and places that people see on TV will have a surprise or two to offer to the holiday vacationer. Enjoy the Las Vegas holidays, everyone!
The year has gone by pretty fast, and now December is already well under way. A lot of things have happened across Las Vegas this year, with many things taking the locals by surprise in a lot of aspects. The local markets have been shaken up a bit by new developments and the changing political scene.
Not to be outdone, the market for Las Vegas luxury homes has been quite bus. It has been a rollercoaster ride for the market with new developments coming up, and once-dormant luxury residential projects coming back to life after a couple of years. There have been so many new and exciting residential properties that have come up for sale this year, each offering a unique blend of features to the prospective buyer. Have a peek at some of the most sought-after luxury real estate currently up for sale in Las Vegas at the last month of the year.
2 RUE DE CHATEAU PL – $1,999,500
There isn’t really much to say about this upscale Lake Las Vegas mansion, aside from the fact it is absolutely gorgeous. The prospective owner can be happy with its offering of five bedrooms and four baths, making the most out of its living space. One can relax in the covered patio and balcony, giving them a stunning view of the neighborhood. Guests can also be welcomed into the sunroom with its comfortable seats and ample natural lighting. The property sits just a short walk away from the stunning Las Vegas Wash which is the centerpiece of the Lake Las Vegas community. A segment of the community’s golf course is right next to the backyard, a good plus point for owners who like to get to the fairways fast. This Tuscan-style property is the perfect getaway for those who like a taste of a Mediterranean oasis in the middle of the Nevada desert. Prices start around $1,999,500 for those interested with this home.
71 ISLEWORTH DR – $1,099,995
Anthem remains to be a top choice for possible home buyers who are looking for the comforts of an exclusive gated neighborhood situated in the Henderson area. It is the perfect example of a ‘Goldilocks’-type property: not too big, not too small, not too far nor too near to the city center, and right at the heart of the Anthem luxury neighborhood to boot. The trees add a sense of warmth to this suburban retreat, and also accentuates the sandy colors of the home exteriors. The excellent layout of the windows provides a lot of space for natural lighting inside. The yards are spacious and easy to maintain, as well. If that seems insufficient, the usual trappings of Anthem Country Club can add up to the creature comforts that prospective owners can enjoy. At $1,099,995, this home is quite a steal of a deal.
2673 BOBOLI CT – $6,250,000
Speaking of top pick luxury properties around Henderson, this unique Seven Hills townhouse might tickle the fancy of those looking for a property that sets itself apart from others. It boasts a modern and unconventional approach to home design, and it is not just for aesthetic purposes either. The unique setup actually provides a lot of room for the air to come in, adding to the comfort of a leisurely afternoon or giving respite after a long and hot summer day when the family is resting on the upper porch or the nearby family room. The desert landscaping combined with the hilly backdrop makes this home a true standout piece of real estate. It might be a bit hefty at $6,250,000, but it sure is worth its price and more.
1187 MACDONALD RANCH DR – $8,999,900
Step away from the hot and happening segments of urban Las Vegas and step into a new zone of comfort with this luxurious MacDonald Ranch mansion. Space and size are deciding factors for this property, with a large number of guest and family rooms to choose from and use. Modern meets classical with its combination of marble fittings and advanced appliances, which can be a treat to homemakers. The spacious private yard is great for family gatherings or private parties with friends and coworkers over the weekend. This has everything a large family can ever hope to have in a home, and with its proximity to many vital locations and establishments, it just keeps getting better. One will have to save up for this classy property however, as it stands at around $8,999,900.
39 SKYBIRD CT – $4,999,900
Of course, the equally dazzling residences of The Ridges will not be left behind when it comes to prospective home offerings. This particular two-story home is the ultimate combination of privacy and comfort in one nifty package. Spacious on the inside and out, it comes standard with plenty of elbow room for extra customizations and additions, although the provided features and amenities alone can provide an excellent living experience for the prospective home buyer. Aesthetics-wise, the stone-and-tile finish allows it to blend in with the surroundings, and is a sight to see from any angle. Porches and balconies give the home a commanding view of the surroundings, the Vegas skyline, and even the starry canopy of the Las Vegas night sky on a clear evening. Its $4,999,900 price tag is definitely fitting for it with the kind of features that it offers.
As the year draws to a close, now may be a good time to plan which properties to own in Las Vegas. There are so many more that the city has in store, and any buyer would sure be overwhelmed. Plan the home purchases well, and coordinate with a Windermere Prestige Properties agent to make the most out of each buy.
A luxury real estate investment is a major move. There are just so many property options for the wayward buyer to choose from, from various communities to an assortment of architectural styles. Las Vegas luxury homes can come in all shapes and sizes, with the usual gated communities going hand-in-hand with ranch properties and resort-like estates. Standing out among these pieces of real estate are the golf neighborhoods.
Golf communities are a unique set of luxury homes, mostly because of their setting. They feature golf frontage, with the golf course usually being the centerpiece of the development. They can come either in the semi-secluded setup, which puts them slightly further away from the urban centers, or are located right in the heart of the city. They are an excellent luxury home purchase, but buying a golf residence must be done after taking a few key points into consideration.
Getting Along with the Environment
As is expected from golf neighborhoods, majority of its occupants will be golfers looking to have a comfortable home to own that sits right next to their leisure spot of choice. Most golf communities offer golf club memberships as a resident’s perk, or at least provide discounts and easier access to the fairways for homeowners. The free membership bit gets used a lot these days, with newer homeowners taking to the fairways as a way to bond with family or to relieve work stress.
This can stand in contrast to a number of prospective buyers who are just in the golf community for the aesthetic and neighborly appeal. Golf neighborhoods are usually set up against the backdrop of sweeping hillsides or along the slopes of mountains, which can attract people who prefer the semi-secluded residences. People planning to settle down in a golf home are expected to get along with golf-savvy neighbors and the occasional loose golf ball that might fall in their yards.
It’s a Maintenance Thing
Residential developments tend to be large communities with major maintenance plans. This goes double for larger luxury residences because of the extra amenities that go with the properties. Prospective buyers know what they’re getting into when it comes to maintenance fees, ad take this into account when buying into a luxury community.
This could be dicey when golf communities are concerned. While the golf course maintenance isn’t really usually a part of the homeowners’ association dues, the methods they use to undertake the maintenance may affect the property owner’s real estate. The prospective owner may have to think it over if, for example, maintaining the greens will intrude into their private property or mess up with their peace and quiet regularly.
Looking at the Long Shot
A key point for buying real estate is the longevity of both the property itself and the area surrounding it. How does one expect the area to look like within the next few years, or even within the next generation? As mentioned earlier, prospective golf course buyers are also attracted by the aesthetic value of the community.
Remember that the developer has every right to renovate the appearance of the community according to what they believe would fit it in the current time frame. The idea that the aesthetics may change drastically after a period of time may be a bit of a turnoff for younger buyers who like how the golf residence may look like right now. This is not really a major concern, although it may affect accessibility options like roads or whatnot, albeit inadvertently.
Golf residences are some of the finer Las Vegas luxury communities that offer a good alternative for those looking for a different take on gated living. Just remember that buying into any of these communities takes a lot of thinking over and weighing the pros and cons. Consult with a trusted real estate expert to make sure that all property decisions are made with the supervision of veterans in the local realty market.